i was walking up to the counter ready to pay my bill. The young receptionist was looking at her phone, posing just so. i could immediately tell she was taking a picture of herself. She looked up at me, and blush as if i caught her stealing. i lightly teased her, "are you taking a selfie?" i smiled at her. She laughed, "yeah, i like to snap chat my friends at the other salons during the day."
"Oh, cool," it was the only response i had. And if i'm honest i really didn't want to talk, i wanted to pay my bill and leave. i had already mentally dismissed her as just being another young teenager obsessed with selfies, and therefore probably obsessed with herself.
Have you ever mentally dismissed someone? Most of us have. We act as if we know them without even talking to them. it's stereotypical nonsense, and i'm ashamed that i have done so on more than one occasion. What if Jesus had done that?
So before i know it, this girl is pouring her heart out to me about her desire to become a makeup artist, and hairdresser. And how she's finished school, but wants advanced training, but trying to get a scholarship to continue on.
We chatted for awhile. As i left, i told her good luck on her education. And i hope she gets her scholarship. As i walked to my car i thought how selfish can i be? it took but one moment to listen to her, but because of my snap judgment i almost missed out on really hearing her. And really isn't that it? Don't we all just really want to be heard?
We are too quick to judge, and we are especially hard on the younger generations. Don't mentally dismiss others or, you may miss out on an opportunity to encourage someone that God has sent your way.